on monday afternoon my cell phone rang. i didn't recognize the number and i answered with a questioning "hello." then i heard a little voice, i couldn't tell if it was the voice of a boy or a girl; s/he said to me/asked me (reaching through the phone for me), "mommy?"
i explained softly that s/he had dialed the wrong number. s/he had already hung up.
i hung up and i thought (tear-fully & truth-fully), "one day, yes, yes, i want to answer the phone and hear the sweet voice of a child reaching for me, asking for me, 'mommy?' and, i will say, 'yes. yes, my darling, it's mommy.'"